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Key Steps To Quit The Red Tape Habit!

What can I do to assist?

  1. Identify
  2. Share and discuss
    • Is the issue/ process a common concern among your colleagues?
    • Is there an appetite to improve it?
  3. Take the Challenge
    • How can we improve the process?
    • What options might work in practice and who do you need to consult when developing up a solution?
    • Don’t forget to consult the policy owner!
    • Engage your red tape champion and internal networks!
  4. Develop and implement a solution
    • Involve relevant areas/ policy and process owners to develop and implement the solution
    • Share your success story with the broader red tape network!

Actions for entities

Portfolio secretaries agreed to a set of actions to be implemented within entities in response to the review. These are to:

  • assess current and future internal regulation with the Principles for Internal Regulation (1.1)
  • review data collection exercises, and planning and reporting requirements to consolidate duplicate data collection and ‘collect once, use many times’ (1.3)
  • actively assist portfolio entities to meet regulatory requirements (for portfolio departments)  (1.13)
  • maximise responsibility of SES (Band 1 and 2) to make strategic corporate decisions (1.14)
  • review delegations and give greater responsibility to junior levels where possible, including to EL and APS officers (1.15)
  • establish an acceptable level of risk to encourage innovation (1.16)
  • reduce internal systems and processes for Austender notification (5.5)
  • provide portfolio departments with access to the Central Budget Management System to reduce duplication in monthly expenditure reporting (10.1)
  • support the implementation of electronic tabling (12.2)
  • introduce electronic distribution systems for Cabinet documents as a priority (14.3)
  • examine FOI practices to ensure they impose the least burdensome mechanism and consider actively publishing information to decrease FOI requests (17.1)
  • implementing fit-for-purpose HR policies and practices in consultation with the APSC (22.2)
  • review internal performance management systems (22.5)
  • promote informal consultation as the first step in dispute resolution processes (22.7)
  • review recruitment processes to ensure they are not unnecessarily burdensome, (22.9) building on new guidance to be produced by the APSC (22.8).

Application to small entities

Significant benefits are expected for small entities from reduced internal regulation.

In addition to the proportionate, risk-based approach inherent in the principles for internal regulation, specific recommendations relevant to small entities include:

  • Regulators considering whether regulatory requirements could be further tiered to reflect the size of an entity where policy outcomes and risk considerations allow.
  • Portfolio departments are also taking an active role to assist small entities to meet regulatory requirements (1.13).

Application to corporate Commonwealth entities

Some Belcher Red Tape Review recommendations extend to corporate Commonwealth entities. These should be considered, as appropriate, in reviewing the entities governance processes and in identifying opportunities to reduce internal regulation for their entity. In particular entities should consider the cultural barriers that may prevent the implementation of sound internal regulation.

More information on the recommendations relevant to Commonwealth entities is available from Implications for corporate Commonwealth entities